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What is "the Core"?

Ever wonder why your fitness coach is always telling you to use your core? Read on for some expert tips, you're welcome! “Engage your core!”, “tighten your core”, "squeeze your core"... these are phrases we hear all the time from health and fitness professionals, but what exactly do they mean? What is "the Core" anyway? Let me get one thing straight, the core is not the 6 pack muscles that you see on Gerard Butler in the movie 300. The inner core is a group of muscles consisting of the diaphragm, pelvic floor, transverse abdominis and the multifidi that work together to stabilize our spine and prepare us for movement. These muscles anchor our outer core muscles: our rectus abdominis, lats, adductors,...

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